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mr. trump and his payments to , i'm a fair guy. it's not illegal to pay someone #eight. it happens every day in this country. michael jackson paid the parents of the child he was accused of molesting millions of dollars in hush money and it's fine. we have many, many congressmen who paid staff members to keep quiet about sexual assault. they did it with taxpayer money. you can see here michael: walking in as he approaches the table. six hours planned for today. maybe it goes longer, we will see. proceedings will start on c-span3, that's for you can watch them. however, since this show is ending and the house is about to come in for its daily work, including as we heard about
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earlier today, this work on gun background checks, a bill set to be voted on today, tomorrow, all of that up for consideration. we will take you there now. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., february 27, 2019. i hereby appoint the honorable tony cardenas to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 3, 2019, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority leaders for morning hour debate. the chair will alternate recognition between the parties.
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all time shall be equally allocated between the parties and in no event shall debate continue beyond 11:50 a.m. each member other than the majority and minority leaders and minority whip shall be limited to five minutes. the chair recognizes the ntlewoman from delaware, ms. blunt rochester, for five minutes. ms. blunt rochester: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for five minutes and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. . blunt rochester: i rise to honor and congratulate major general carol timmons for a lifetime of dedicated service to our country. after graduating from william penn high school in 1977, timmons enrolled in college and enlisted in the delaware national guard. with a childhood dream of
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becoming an airline pilot, her career in flight would begin that very summer on a c-130 airplane in savannah, georgia. despite her love of airplanes, air force rules prevented women from flying combat mission planes like the c-130. due to these unfair regulations, she joined the army national guard in 1980 and would learn to fly noncombat rmy helicopters, like the uh-1 huey. undeterred and committed to her dream, she flew noncombat support missions. she soon realized her dream as federal laws ended the discriminatory prohibition on women flying in combat missions and during operation desert storm, then captain timmons would become one of the first women to fly in combat. following that operation, her career would come full circle as she rejoined the delaware national guard, flying the same
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c-130's she learned to fly on and to operate in the beginning. on january 8, 2012, then brigadier general timmons would make history by becoming the delaware air national guard's first female commander and again on february 1, 2017, when she was promoted to the rank of major general and namedage dent general of the national guard. the chief's military advisor, commanding 1,500 soldiers and 1,100 air men. during her storied 42-year career, she earned a bronze star for her service in afghanistan and has flown over 5,200 hours in the cockpit, including 400 combat hours during contingencies, spanning from operation desert shield to inherent resolve. she served on the national guard's joint diversity executive council and the air
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force reserve policy committee. she has received numerous honors, including induction into the delaware aviation hall of fame and the delaware women's hall of fame. by refusing to compromise on her dreams, timmons broke down barriers, blazed trails and inspired women to let nothing stand in their way in service to our nation. i join senator carper and senator coons in thanking major general carol timmons for her over four decades of service to our state and country, and we wish her the very best. yield back. the eaker pro tempore: chair recognizes the gentlewoman from washington, mrs. rodgers, for five minutes. mrs. rodgers: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to discuss the president's national emergency declaration.
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first and foremost, i support president trump and i support the wall. walls work to protect our security, combat human trafficking, stop the flow of drugs, and encourage legal immigration. democrats have pushed for zero wall money, open borders and abolishing i.c.e. these policies make our nation vulnerable and threaten our security, and it's a tragedy. so i don't blame the president for promosing extreme -- proposing extreme measures to respond to these politics and tactics. yesterday, i disapproved of this type of unilateral executive action. just as i could not approve any such unilateral action by any president. i'm 100% with president trump for building the wall, but the mother-in-law declaration only maintains the status quo. securing our border is fundamental to who we are as a
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sovereign nation and that's why i voted over a dozen times for stronger border security, including $25 billion for the wall last year. unfortunately, as the president recognized himself, this national security could be tied up in the courts for years. with no guarantee that judges will rule in favor of the wall to be built. it's congress' job to provide the resources our nation needs to keep our nation safe and i'm concerned that if this is tied up in the courts, we will be stuck with the status quo of no wall and a border that isn't secure. my vote to disapprove of this unilateral executive action had nothing to do with the merits or need to build president trump's wall. it was about our constitution, and this body's exclusive, exclusive article 1 powers to make laws and use the power of the purse.
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i spoke out strongly when president obama said if congress didn't act he would use the pen and the phone. and then he proceeded to act alone on daca, act alone in reappropriating money within obamacare, and regulating every mud puddle in america. remember, president obama initially said he couldn't act alone on daca because he wasn't a king or an emperor. after a robust debate in congress, he flip-flopped and took executive action. his executive action took away congress' authority to act and daca still isn't solved. these unilateral actions by president obama put more power in the hands of unelected people sitting in cubicles in washington, d.c., and they turned elected representatives into elected bystanders. when representatives become irrelevant, citizens become irrelevant, and we the people are powerless against faceless,
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unelected bureaucrats. unilateral executive actions set bad precedent. if it's ok for the executive branch to act alone, after the legislative branch doesn't reach an agreement, where does that take us? governor jay inslee said he would be willing to declare a national emergency on climate change, allowing for drastic federal action that would -- that would never have to be approved by congress. what if, without any congressional approval, a future president used a national emergency to take ney from our v.a. clinics, force management at a national forest to force a green new deal on the american people? whether it's at the border or upholding the separation of powers in our constitution, we, conservative republicans, must be consistent about being the party for the rule of law.
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it's those principles that define us. madam speaker, i'm 100% with trump on the wall. i'm also wump with the constitution -- 100% with the constitution. as representatives we must put aside any personal ambition or partisan divide so that the people are protected. this isn't about political parties, personalities, or power. it never has been. making sure that the promise of america is never breached and knowing that the only ones that can preserve it are we the people. i take this seriously and will always lead by upholding my article 1 constitutional authority to be a strong voice for those i have the privilege of serving in the united states house of representatives. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the ntlewoman from new jersey, -- sheryl, for five minutes ms. sherrill. ms. sherrill: it's not often we hear 70%, 80%, 90% of americans can agree on something but when it comes to universal background checks, 97% of americans think it's a good idea. in my own district, i've seen that unity. after parkland we had 13,000 people in morristown, new jersey, at the student-led march for our lives. they demanded gun safety legislation, and after the horrific shooting at the tree of life synagogue, members of the community came together to denounce gun violence. the 11th district of new jersey understands. universal background checks are a responsible way to address
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the gun violence epidemic in this country. it is a way to keep our communities safe. and here in new jersey, we know that successful responsible gun ownership looks a lot like the legislation we have on the books. we have good gun safety laws, but they are constantly undermined by states with weak gun safety laws. as a federal prosecutor, i worked on cases where we traced illegal guns to neighboring states with weak gun safety laws. that's why it's so important that we have stronger federal safety laws. gun violence is a national problem, and it deserves a national response. mr. speaker, i grew up in a culture of gun safety. my father is a hunter, and he taught me to shoot. i went onto serve in the united states navy, and i was qualified as an expert shot in .09 16, the colt .45 and millimeter ber etta and i'm baretta.
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we know the power of these weapons and the damage they can do. universal background checks are an easy step we can take to improve gun safety in this country. mr. speaker, i yield time to the gentlewoman from ennsylvania. >> thank you. i rise in support of h.r. 8 and i rise to tell the story of one resident from my community from pennsylvania's sixth, jamie, and parents liz and joe. jamie was looking for a permanent post-college join and in the meantime he was working in a pizza shot in west philadelphia when his life was cut short when a worker accidentally shot him. this was not done in malice but the result of a co-worker accidentally mishandling a gun. jamie passed away when he was 22 years old. today would have been his 38th
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birthday. i rise for the nearly 40,000 americans who have lost their lives to gun-related incidents in 2017 alone. we are a military family. we understand the responsibility of gun ownership will you also we make commonsense steps to reduce gun violence in our communities. ms. huell has: we have seen far too many gun-related tragedies over the past several years with congress doing nothing. we must act now. i yield back to the gentlewoman from new jersey. ms. sherrill: thank you to the gentlewoman from pennsylvania. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. garamendi, for five minutes. mr. aramendi: i thank you, speaker. i ask for five minutes of time to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. mr. garamendi: mr. speaker, yesterday, the house overwhelmingly passed the natural resources management act, including a provision sponsored by senator feinstein and myself that would establish california's first national heritage area. the sacramento-san joaquin delta national heritage area. i want to thank my house colleagues from california, representatives matsui, deshaun yea, mcnerney, lofgren, bera for their support as co-sponsors of the sacramento-san joaquin delta national heritage area act, h.r. 357. i also want to thank chairman grijalva of the natural resources committee for bringing the bipartisan public lands bill to the floor of the house following senate passage earlier this month. i sponsored this legislation to establish the sacramento-sean san joaquin delta national heritage area since 2011 along with my colleague senator
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feinstein. a national heritage area designation will help conserve the california delta, which i have had the great pleasure of calling my home for the last 40 years. this iconic working landscape is central to california's life and is the most productive watershed and delta in the western united states and indeed from the coast of alaska to chile. specifically, this legislation authorizes $10 million in federal grants for local development of cultural heritage issues, historic preservation, and working lands conservation projects. this federal grant funding will be available for the next 15 years to support local governments, historical societies, and nonprofit organizations throughout the delta. . our national heritage act proposal is endorsed by the dealt yacht stewardship council,
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all of whom represent the delta. it's also supported by the delta chamber of commerce and visitors bureau, restore the delta, and the national parks conservation association. california's delta protection commission is charged with developing the management plan for the new national heritage area. lastly, i want to address some of the persistent misconceptions about national heritage area designation. not only this new one but also those throughout the united states. such designations not only -- such designations do not affect the individual property rights, water rights, land ownership, or local land use decisions. nor does the designation affect hunting and fishing. rather the national heritage area program simply makes federal grant funds administered
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by the national parks available for local projects. the national heritage area program and planning process is collaborative and voluntary. meaning that local groups, businesses, and landowners can can choose to participate or not. i look forward to continuing to work with local governments, county governments, local businesses, communities, and local action groups and all others interested during the public management planning process. after nearly a decade of work, the president is expected to sign the legislation and create the sacramento san joaquin delta national heritage area act into law. we thank all who supported the legislation and the local entities that have done so. this is truly an historic achievement for the entire delta, including the farming communities, the families,
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immigrant communities who have settled in the area over the last 150 years and generated the rich cultural and agricultural heritage. i want to thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, for five minutes. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a family from bucks county, pennsylvania, that is dedicated to making our world a better and safer world. ashley and chris e.r. nurses were residents of feasterville and worked at temple university hospital and st. mary medical center. despite dedicating their careers to caring for others, they both craved more and later decided to move to kenya to establish a nonprofit organization that seeks to break the vicious cycle of poverty in rural communities. together they established
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akemwa, it works to dig wells, sometimes hundreds of feet deep torques establish a reliable water source to communities and schools in rural kenya. the creation of these wells allows for solar powered irrigation systems, enabling communities to farm year-round, even in the press ns of a drought. mr. speaker, i applaud the work of the family they are truly making a difference in the lives of countless people across the world. i speak on behalf of our entire ducks county community when we tell them how much we appreciate their service and their sacrifice. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a young sit sten in bucks county, pennsylvania, who recently was recognized in a national science competition. walker anderson, a dolphinstown resident and senior at central
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bucks high school won $2,000 as a semifinalist for the reagain rant science talent search competition this. recognition was received by only 300 students nationwide and only four in the state of pennsylvania. as impressive as this may be on its own, this is only one academic achievement of walker's. walker previously placed first in the under 18 category at the world puzzle championship in prague competing on the u.s. team. and was recently accepted into the massachusetts institute of technology. mr. speaker, i'm sure we will hear of walker well into foot ture as his stem research and grasp of complex mathematical and scientific concepts is remarkable. i wish walker and his parents all the best. i'd also like to thank mark hayden, walker's stem research club advisor for his guidance and vision. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from oklahoma, ms.
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horn, for five minutes. thank you, mr. speaker. i ask permission to address the house and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. horn: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to highlight the visionary and unwavering leadership of civil rights icon and notable oklahoman, miss clara looper. six months ago i got to witness history as oklahoma city commemorated the 60th anniversary of the sit-ins she organized. and i rise today because even as a fifth generation oklahoman, i realized how little i knew. clara looper and her students sparked a movement. the sit-ins that led into our nation's civil rights movement. they deserve to be a household name. clara looper made her mark in a
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time when people of color couldn't even walk into the front door of oklahoma city businesses. they were regulated to hidden back rooms. but she had a vision for equality, a heart for service, and a commitment to justice. she, in her words, believed in a sun when it didn't shine and the rain when it didn't fall. she knew that oklahoma and this country could be a place where everyone is treated with respect, dignity, and humanity. even as a history teacher, at dungy high school in spencer, oklahoma, miss looper instilled those principles in her students. her steadfast commitment to ending racism and systemic discrimination inspired her to organize america's first sit-in. in august, 1958 she and 14 of her naacp youth council students
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walked up to a lunch counter they knew would refuse them and they ordered a hamburger and a coke. they were denied. but they did not waiver. they knew what was on the line because in miss looper's words, within that hamburger was the whole essence of democracy. at their own personal peril, they returned each day with more people until they broke the barrier. it was never easy. the protestors were verbally and physically assaulted, and miss looper received death threats. because of miss looper and hur students' fearlessness and determination, the drug stores indgrated their lunch counters not just in oklahoma city but also in missouri, kansas, and iowa. when the 1958 sit-in happened in oklahoma city, a group of college students in north
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carolina were inspired by what had taken place in oklahoma city. and they took note. so in 1961 those students launched the greensboro, north carolina sit-in he at the woolworth lunch counter which fueled momentum within the civil rights movement. it didn't end there. for years miss looper and others continued their fight, the sacrifices continued, too. authorities arrested miss looper 26 times during her fight for freedom. clara looper empowered young people to imagine a fewer brighter than their present and taught them how to make that future a reality. she changed lives and planted seeds of ethical leadership into those who were lucky enough to be mentored by her. each of her former students talks about the pivotal role miss looper played in instilling confidence, character, and dignity in them.
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generations reap the benefit of her sacrifice and the efforts to integrate not only business abouts in oklahoma city but educational spaces. miss looper integrated the history department at the university of oklahoma, become being the first black graduate of that masters program. her contributions are reflected across our own state and a namesake scholarship program at oklahoma city university, a corridor in the northeast side of oklahoma city, a classroom at the university of central oklahoma, designating oklahoma city public schools district building as the clara looper center. and naming the african-american studies department at the university of oklahoma after her. as a lifelong oklahoman and representative of the fifth congressional district and as an american, i recognize how we're beneficiaries of clara looper's efforts to create a more just and equitable place to live. i cannot and will not take that history and impact for granted.
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although we have come so far because of her sacrifices and the sacrifices of other heroes during the civil rights ear-eera , there is so much work to be done. even with the number of accolades given to her, the best way we can can honor miss looper is to uphold her legacy through commitment to justice and equality in the policies that we propose. she knew that democracy is not a spectator sport. it is our duty as a congress and as americans to make good on the constitutional promise of establishing justice and assuring domestic tranquility. so we must continue to work for an inclusive, equitable place for everyone to live and feel safe, as well as to build an economy where every american has the opportunity to thrive. thank you to the sit-iners and clara looper for your resilience and giving us the torch to carry. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule
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1, the chair declares the house in recess work for donald trump that he would one day run for the presidency. to launch a campaign on a platform of hate and intolerance and actively win. i regret the day i said yes to mr. trump. i regret all the help and support i gave him along the way. i am ashamed of my own failings and publicly accepted responsibility for them by pleading guilty in the southern district of new york. "i" ashamed of my

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